MA International Criminology
School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences
This is a forward-thinking, innovative law school with a tradition of excellence that goes back 100 years. Our graduates are in demand all over the world.
Our international outlook and multidisciplinary approach set the law in a global socio-economic context that gives our research an edge.
Through close links with law firms, governments, NGOs and others, we're driving vital debate on issues such as European healthcare policy, biotechnology and ethics, the internet, security and privacy.
About the course
Sheffield is one of Europe's leading centres for research in this field. Our MA takes a comparative, international view of the subject, which is relatively rare for this kind of course.
The Centre for Criminological Research combines expertise from the departments of architecture, law, politics and sociology. We're funded by research councils, government departments and international organisations.
This course is distinctive because it includes elements of international criminology, restorative justice and research training. The strong focus on restorative justice reflects a view of criminal justice found on several continents.
The course is flexible. You can choose the taught path, the restorative justice path or the research route.
There are regular seminars and conferences with legal professionals and criminologists from around the world.
Through your dissertation project, you will develop research skills and an in-depth understanding of the subject.
A choice of several modules including:
For details of our Restorative Justice Pathway and Research Pathway, please see:
As above plus a choice from:
Teaching takes place through seminars. If you take the restorative justice path you'll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement.
1 year full-time
We normally require a minimum 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, usually in law, social sciences or humanities. Other qualifications will be considered as will applications from candidates with work experience in a relevant field.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
Our LLM and masters courses will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology that will prepare you to go on and make a difference in any organisation you choose to work in. If you want to become a solicitor in England or Wales, our Legal Practice Course is highly regarded and will give you the skills and knowledge you need to enter the legal profession.
Who we are
We're a forward-thinking, innovative law school. Our research helps shape global policy. We do what we do to empower people, to protect people and improve people's lives.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us joint tenth in the UK, with Oxford and Warwick. Ninety per cent of our research was judged world-leading or internationally excellent.
How we teach
Many of our academics are internationally respected for their research. Their groundbreaking work informs what we teach.
Our research groups cover a lot of ground, including criminology, commercial law and law in its international context. You'll benefit from their expertise and that of their professional contacts.
Your course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology.
We have our own courtroom, a dedicated postgraduate computer room and quiet study space. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building so you can easily access the library's online collections. Our students can also access our e-resources from anywhere in the world.
Graduates go into academia or work for criminal justice organisations.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us: